How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Indiana - IN

Indianapolis is the capitol and the largest city in the Hoosier state making it a likely place to find nurse practitioner jobs. The other three major cities that support nurse practitioner employment are Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. There are also 32 secondary cities. Proximity to the Chicago and Louisville metropolitan area also increases job opportunities. About 78% of the population and much of the labor force lives in these metropolitan counties and smaller cities.

Hamilton County, northeast of Indianapolis, is a hotspot.  It is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation (23rd), and enjoys the prosperity of a median family income ($80,329) almost twice that of the national average.

There are at least 175 hospitals in Indiana from large to small; many are associated with Catholic organizations. Some of the biggest are the 484 bed King's Daughters in Madison, the 396 bed Logansport State in Logansport, the 656 bed Northlake Methodist in Gary and the huge 882 bed Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. In pediatrics there is the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis that has 589 beds. Other prominent hospitals are the Deaconess Hospital group and the Community Hospital group, each with several locations. There is the Parkview Hospital group in Fort Wayne that includes a 49-bed behavioral health unit.

The pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly is located in Indianapolis and is the state's largest corporation. Evansville is the world headquarters of Mead Johnson Nutritionals. These two companies help make the state the second highest in the nation in biopharmaceutical related jobs.

Indiana is considered one of the most business friendly states in the nation and licensed NPs are eligible to hold shares in a professional corporation, this may be good news to those wishing to practice solo or in a small practice. Low 3.4% income taxes also make the state attractive.

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